Appleseed Ex Machina is the sequel to the 2004 Appleseed film directed by Aramaki Shinji, adapted from Masamune Shirow’s ( who also gave us GITS, Orion ) much acclaimed manga of the same name. Hong Kong film director John Woo is listed as a producer; I wonder if the film received any creative inputs from him.
Inital impressions after viewing the trailer is that the lighting, modelling and rendering of the characters take on a more polished and refined look as compared to the first film, which wasn’t bad at all to begin with. Action sequences are pretty stunning.
I didn’t really enjoy the first Appleseed film – It played like a 90 minutes long, beautifully rendered Autocad architecture flythru masquerading as an anime film; plus the mo-cap characters were a tad bit lifeless. Let’s hope it’d be better this time.
Ex Machina will be released in Japan on the 20th of October.
Ex Machina artwork above from current issue of Animation Note. There is also an official guide book that you can get here.18